USA 2020 Elections: Thread

grarpamp grarpamp at
Tue Jul 13 16:38:39 PDT 2021

Trump Releases Letter From Ex-US Attorney McSwain Alleging AG Barr
Pressured Him Not To Probe Voter Fraud Claims

Former President Donald Trump on Monday released a letter he received
from a former federal prosecutor in Pennsylvania last month, outlining
how the attorney was allegedly pressured by former Attorney General
William Barr against investigating claims of voter fraud and election
irregularities in the state.

William M. McSwain, who served as the chief federal law enforcement
officer in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania from April 2018 to
January 2021, addressed a letter (pdf) to Trump on June 9 outlining
his allegations.

    “U.S. Attorney from the Eastern District of Pennsylvania was
precluded from investigating election fraud allegations. Outrageous!”
the former president said in a statement releasing the letter.

McSwain in his letter to the former president expressed his discontent
with the instructions he said he received from Barr following the
November 2020 presidential election.

“President Trump, you were right to be upset about the way the
Democrats ran the 2020 election in Pennsylvania,” McSwain wrote.

    “On Election Day and afterwards, our Office received various
allegations of voter fraud and election irregularities,” he continued.

    “As part of my responsibilities as U.S. Attorney, I wanted to be
transparent with the public and, of course, investigate fully any

“Attorney General Barr, however, instructed me not to make any public
statements or put out any press releases regarding possible election
irregularities,” the former state attorney added.

    “ I was also given a directive to pass along serious allegations
to the State Attorney General for investigation—the same State
Attorney General who had already declared that you could not win.”

Days before the presidential election last year, Pennsylvania Attorney
General Josh Shapiro wrote on Twitter that “Trump is going to lose” if
“all the votes are added up” in Pennsylvania.

McSwain said that while he “disagreed with that decision,” he did as
instructed as “those were my orders.”

He added, “As a Marine infantry officer, I was trained to follow the
chain of command and to respect the orders of my superiors, even when
I disagree with them.”

Barr in December 2020 told The Associated Press that the U.S. Justice
Department had uncovered no evidence of voter fraud “on a scale that
could have effected a different outcome in the election.”

A month earlier, Barr had issued a directive to U.S. attorneys
nationwide authorizing them to probe any “substantial allegations” of
voting irregularities before the certification of the presidential

The Department of Justice didn’t immediately respond to a request for
comment from The Epoch Times.

Trump last month said during an appearance on Just the News’ “Water
Cooler” that he never admitted defeat in last year’s presidential
election and that he has “not conceded.”

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